Maine Organic Farmers and Gardeners Association
Organic Orcharding Classes

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A series of workshops, covering theory and hands-on practice in organic fruit tree and orchard management.

Designed for beginner to intermediate orchardists managing backyard plantings to larger orchards.

Pruning Apple Trees

Renovating Old Apple Trees

Grafting Fruit Trees

Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

Top Grafting Fruit Trees

Summer Orchard Care

Bud Grafting


Pruning Apple Trees

Sat., March 9, 2019
Four locations: Bar Harbor, Bethel, Palmyra, Unity
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to prune fruit trees to encourage vigorous growth, heavy fruit set and quality fruit yield. Collection of scion wood and storage will also be discussed. Bar Harbor workshop led by MOFGA's orchard educator C.J. Walke. Bethel workshop led by Eric List. Palmyra workshop led by Sean Murphy. Unity workshop led by MOFGA's orchard coordinator Laura Sieger.

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Renovating Old Apple Trees

Sat., March 16, 2019
Two locations: Bethel, Mount Desert
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

The course is focused on pruning and feeding very old non-productive fruit trees in order to bring them back into fruitfulness. Instructors will employ various methods to demonstrate proper pruning of trees that have been unmanaged. Participants should dress appropriately and bring their pruners, loppers, saws. Bethel workshop led by Eric List. Mount Desert workshop led by MOFGA's orchard educator C.J. Walke. Please bring a bag lunch.


Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., April 6, 2019
Three locations: Bar Harbor, Bethel, Unity
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to propagate and reproduce your favorite fruit tree varieties. Instructors will explain why to graft and will demonstrate the techniques for whip & tongue grafting. Participants will graft trees to take home and plant. Care for the new trees will also be discussed. Fee includes all supplies including rootstock, scionwood and handouts. Bar Harbor workshop led by MOFGA's orchard educator C.J. Walke. Bethel workshop led by Eric List. Unity workshop led by Jen Ries and Anne Hallee. Please bring a bag lunch. You will need to purchase a grafting knife in advance of this event! Any old knife will NOT do. This is the one you will need: https://www.fedcoseeds.com/ogs/search?item=8989.


Organic Orcharding 101 with Michael Phillips

Sun., April 14, 2019
Portersfield Cider in Pownal
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Fee: $50; $40 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Join Michael Phillips, author of The Apple Grower, for a comprehensive exploration of orchard health strategies that make disease and insect challenges doable for the organic grower, including lectures, discussions, question and answer periods inside and out. Learn what to expect in your orchard and how to manage it. Registration closed on April 10, 2019.


Top Grafting Fruit Trees

Sat., May 11, 2019
Mueller's Fruit Farm, Thorndike
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn to topwork new, disease-resistant, cider, dessert, or heritage varieties onto your existing trees. In this workshop you will see how a professional topgrafts and will be able to try it on your own. Led by John Bunker, MOFGA volunteer and member of MOFGA's Maine Heritage Orchard committee, and Emily Skrobis, an experienced grafter who works at Fedco Trees. Please remember to bring a bag lunch.


 

Summer Orchard Care

Sun., June 16, 2019
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Portersfield Cider, 255 Elmwood Rd., Pownal
Fee: $50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your own bag lunch

Learn about caring for your orchard through the summer and getting your orchard to a successful harvest in the fall. The workshop will be led by MOFGA's orchard educator C.J. Walke. Please remember to bring a lunch.

 

 


Bud Grafting Workshop

Sat., August 3, 2019
North Branch Farm, Monroe, Maine, with Seth Yentes
10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
$50; $35 for MOFGA members
Please bring your knives and a own bag lunch

Bud grafting is a great way to start your own fruit trees as well as many ornamentals. "Budding" uses individual buds from this year’s new growth to graft onto rootstock already set in the nursery. Taught by Seth Yentes at North Branch Farm. Seth grafts thousands of trees every year. All major tree fruit species will be covered. MOFGA will supply the buds and the rootstock. Participants should bring their own knives (available for sale here) as well as a bag lunch.

 

 


Please call the MOFGA office if you have any questions – 568-4142

Interested in a partial or full scholarship? Please fill out a scholarship application form.